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Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) poses questions to Attorney General John Ashcroft while he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the federal government's counterterrorism efforts in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on June 8, 2004 in Washington, D.C. Ashcroft defended the administration concerning the incidents of torture in Iraq. (UPI Photo/Greg Whitesell)
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University of Iowa (Ph.D.)

Charles Ernest 'Chuck' Grassley (born September 17, 1933) is the senior United States Senator from Iowa. A Republican, he has served in the Senate since 1981. From 1958 to 1974, he was an Iowa state legislator. Thereafter he served three terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives. He has twice held the chairmanship of the Finance Committee, from January to June 2001 and from January 2003 to December 2006. He is currently the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

Grassley was born in New Hartford, Iowa, the son of Ruth (née Corwin) and Louis Arthur Grassley, and graduated from the town high school. At Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa), he earned a B.A. in 1955 and an M.A. in 1956. He also completed some doctoral studies in political science at the University of Iowa. Also during the 1950s, Grassley farmed and worked in factories, first as a sheet metal shearer and then as an assembly line worker.

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